How to Make Money Through Blogging with Affiliate Program. You’ve probably asked yourself the same question. Can I do it too? Yes!
I interview my friend for this article he started blogging in 2015, he never planned on making money with his blog (making money with your log is called monetizing) and many of us friends laugh at him when he blogs now we learn from him.
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Well, he has other ideas he wanted to pursue that would financially support his business:
- Writing books (Presently working on it)
- Building online courses (haven’t had time to do this yet)
- Advertising on my podcast (not pursuing this right now)
- Public speaking (did that)
- Building a membership site (undecided on this one because it’s a bit time consuming)
Then he started learning about affiliate marketing and how easy it was to monetize a blog. Eighteen months after starting his blog, your first focused should be on monetizing it, made close to 40,400 Naira in the first month.
I share this with you because there is plenty of opportunities for new bloggers to make money. The thing that gets me is if I had known then what I know now (and what I will share with you), I could have made money with my blog much sooner. Lesson learned!
Keep this in mind – he was new to blogging too. While not new to online business, he never had a serious blog like does now until heard about Linda Ikeji buying a house in Banana Island and therefore he started with Akin Alabi* CEO NAIRABET * eBook on blogging.
That proves that new bloggers are still making money. I’ve met bloggers at conferences that made close 1,000,000 Naira in their first year! It’s crazy, and it’s possible.
It doesn’t matter how crowded you think a particular niche is, there is room for you to carve out a piece of the pie for yourself.
I’m going to walk you through this particular topic and share with you some experience while freelancing.
How to Make Money Through Blogging with Affiliate Program
Affiliate marketing (which is free to do). What’s nice about this topic is that it’s like a passive income streams system. Meaning your blog has the potential to make money anyway and anyhow.
- While you’re sleeping
- On vacation
- While watching TV
And many more…
How long does it take to make money blogging?
Yes, you can make money blogging, but it isn’t a get-rich-quick business. It’s like building any business. It takes time, effort, and persistence. But the more you invest in yourself, the faster you’ll become successful.
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I’ve read a story in Forbes magazine about a mother on welfare who built a 7-figure online business in a little over a year.
There are some bloggers that earn six-figures after one year, and others that earn several thousand dollars on the side after a few months of blogging.
Anything is possible!
If you’re a hard worker and a go-getter, you will definitely shine.
Making Money Blogging With Affiliate Income
Let’s start making some passive income from your blog through affiliate income.
I love affiliate income. It’s simple – your blog acts as a salesperson selling products. But there is:
- No inventory
- Attracts no costs of any kind
- You are not shipping and products
- No investment
- Attracts no setup fee to sign up and get started
It sounds almost too good to be true – but it’s real and 100% legit.
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Let me give you an example. Let’s start with the biggest affiliate program in Nigeria – OLX.
When you click a link to a Vehicle on OLX, a new window will open up and take you right to OLX where you can buy the item.
If you bought that item, I would earn an affiliate commission from OLX. Let’s call it 180 Naira.
If you’re over at OLX, you might decide today is the day you’re going to spring for that new T.V. that costs 144,000.00 Naira. If you buy it, I get an affiliate commission on that too. We’ll call it 9,000 Naira because I sent OLX the referral.
All I had to do was put a link in my blog to the Vehicle. That’s it. Someone visits your blog where you talk about the affordability of Vehicle, and they click the link.
The link takes them to OLX. If they buy the affordability of the vehicle (or anything else), you earn a commission.
It’s free to sign up and become an OLX affiliate (it’s called the Amazon Associates affiliate program). You can earn up to 10% in commissions.
Affiliate income comes from links on your blog where you mention the products you love. You might review a product or include a link as part of a personal story.
Here are some of the things you put on your blog when u have OLX or any other affiliate links for:
- Medical kits
- My favourite business books
- Energy efficiency products for your home
- Podcasting equipment etc.
No matter what you blog about, there are going to be products for which you can have an affiliate link.
The best part is the links on your blog may be around for years. You can end up earning money from an affiliate link for something you wrote about three years ago.
That’s the great thing about passive income – it just keeps coming.
How to get started with Affiliate Income
Here are the step-by-step instructions to get started with affiliate income. Remember all of these programs are FREE to join.
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1. Join affiliate programs
I mentioned OLX in our example, but there are many other affiliate programs available.
- Jumia Affiliate program
- Teratapeak Affiliate Program
- Amazon Affiliate Program
- Commission Junction
- Flex Offers
Some product websites have an affiliate program which may not be listed. If you have a product you love to contact the company directly and see if they have an affiliate program.
You just have to click the link and go through the sign-up process. Amazon is the easiest and has been around the longest. You should at least sign up for Amazon to get started.
2. Promote the link on your blog
There are different ways to promote a product:
Consider doing a book review or writing an in-depth product review. In the first month of blogging, you can do a few in-depth product reviews. These pages will probably be the highly visited page on your website.
Comparing two different products side-by-side helps your readers weigh the pros and cons of each. By helping them make a decision, you help build a loyal fan base.
You can see an example of where I compared two budgeting software products here.
There are many photography bloggers that talk about camera equipment. Camara equipment can be very expensive, and the affiliate commissions can be much larger.
Many people will be interested in what tools and resources you use to do stuff. For example, you have a resources page for all of the blogging tools you use. You can see an example below.
It doesn’t have to be fancy – just a picture, product name, and a description. To go the extra mile include a brief summary of why you like the product.
Mentioning the product in what you write about
This one is easy. If you are writing an article on baking a cake, for example, you can include a link to the cake pan you like to use in the recipe.
Helping your readers by saving them time with step-by-step tutorials. You can document anything that involves assembly or a process.
You can even document something that already has documentation if you think you can do it better! Just think about YouTube videos you’ve watched on how to do or fix something because the manufacturer’s documentation doesn’t make sense.
I look up tutorials all the time on how to use the features of software I own especially accounting software.
I have several step-by-step tutorials for using different personal finance products. If I like the product, I’ll include an affiliate link.
Tips for good product promotion
Be honest in your review. Giving a glowing review of a bad product just to try to earn affiliate income is a bad idea. When you are honest and help your blog readers, they will reward you with loyalty and become a lifelong fan. That’s worth much more because they will help share your blog to other people.
Be honest in your review. Giving a glowing review of a bad product just to try to earn affiliate income is a bad idea. When you are honest and help your blog readers, they will reward you with loyalty and become a lifelong fan. That’s worth much more because they will help share your blog with other people.
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Promote the benefits
People buy things because it helps solve their problems or makes them feel better.
- Does it save them time? (This ceramic pan cleans up in a flash!)
- Does it save them money? (This book shows you how to save money on groceries)
- Will it help them make more money? (This article gives you a proven plan to getting your dream job)
- Will it help them relax? (This herbal tea will help you sleep better)
Promote Betterment as a fantastic way to get started investing because it’s easy and only takes ten minutes to start saving for an awesome retirement.
The better you become at sharing the benefits of a product, the more likely the person is to purchase the product.
Good product placement
The longer your blog post, the more you can talk about a product or service. But that doesn’t mean you should include a link in every paragraph.
If it’s a short article, 1–2 times may be enough.
For longer blog articles it’s okay to include a link at the beginning, middle and at the very end.
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